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Hold On To Your Study Abroad Dreams And Plan Ahead

With the current COVID-19 situation, we all have to change how we live, work and go about our daily lives. It might seem like you need to pause your migration and study abroad plans due to national lockdowns and the temporary closure of IELTS Test Centres, but that is not the case. Don’t feel discouraged. Use this time to prepare for IELTS and boost your score.

So, how can you do this? Here are 5 ways to prepare for IELTS during COVID-19.

1) Get familiar with the IELTS Test format

There are 4 parts to the IELTS test, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Each test part is made up of question types that asses your English-language skills in either an everyday work environment or life situation, academic or professional setting.

Make sure to look at how much time you have to complete each test part, what type of questions you might get, the band descriptors and what each band might look like.

Download the free IELTS Practice Tests to get started or join an IELTS Masterclass and have an IELTS Expert walk you through all of this.

2) Expose yourself to a wide range of topics - read, watch, listen, write

Use all the extra time you have to read, watch and listen to English content across a wide range of topics.

Read news articles, books, online publications, and blogs. Watch your favourite movies or TV shows. And if you are not too confident, turn on the subtitles for extra support. Podcasts are another great way to improve your English-language skills. Or practice letter writing with friends or family.

The effort you put in now will make a big difference when it comes to taking your IELTS Test. The texts you see in the Reading and Writing Test are taken from real-like scenarios, such as newspapers, articles and work manuals.

3) Get a step ahead with IELTS Support Tools

Now that you are familiar with the test format and the topics you might encounter in your IELTS Test, go a step deeper and download the IELTS Support Tools booklet. You will get a better understanding of:

If you are hesitant to make study abroad plans due to the COVID-19 outbreak, then you are not alone. While your plans may be on hold for the moment, it’s important to not give up on your study abroad dreams.

If you need a reminder of why you had those dreams in the first place, we’ve rounded them below.

1) Gain an Edge In Your Future Career

Studying abroad will allow you to gain an edge when you are applying to your job or accelerating your career with new opportunities.

An overseas education allows you to stand out especially if you are studying in highly reputable countries such as the UK and Australia.

2) Enhance Your English-Speaking Ability

One of the greatest benefits of studying overseas is the opportunity to immerse yourself into an English-speaking environment where your daily living and education is done 100% in English.

So, if you are looking for reasons to study overseas, then enhancing your English-language skills offers huge benefits for your career that can also extend beyond your professional life.

3) Network Internationally & Work Abroad

One of the great advantages of studying abroad is the ability to work in your study destination once you graduate.

Depending on the country you are studying in, you can apply to gain 1 to 4 years of time to find a job and start a career in the country where opportunities will likely be abundant.

Additionally, if you are studying your masters, MBA or a doctorate, establishing your network overseas is also a powerful advantage that can open doors to new opportunities and collaborations down the road.

4) Travel & Discover New Cultures

By studying overseas, you get to broaden your horizons not just academically and professionally, but culturally as well.

From the UK to Australia and Ireland, you will discover amazing new cities and natural landscapes as well as mingle with the locals.

Who knows, you might just pick up a whole new hobby such as soccer or rugby by the time you are done?

There is no doubt that with the outbreak of COVID-19, it is a stressful time to make plans for studying abroad. As the situation in each country continues to evolve, governments in key study destinations continue to implement measures that could affect international students.

However, our counsellors are working closely with universities, institutions and government departments in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States to provide you with the most up-to-date advice.

Rest assured that IDP’s global community is #InThisTogether as we navigate the various barriers and restrictions as a result of COVID-19.

  • The IELTS test assessment criteria
  • The IELTS band scores
  • Various writing samples with examiner comments

4) Get Personalised Feedback from IELTS Experts with IELTS Progress Check

IELTS Progress Check is the only official practice test available. Get personalised feedback from an IELTS Expert and an indicative overall band score, as well as one for each part of the test (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking).

You will be able to see where your current English-language skills are at, and where you might need to improve to get the band score you need.

5) Stay Up-To-Date

As the Coronavirus situation evolves, it is important to keep up to date with the latest news and how it might impact IELTS test dates, and your study, work or migration coals.

For the latest information on this, visit our Coronavirus web page.

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